Area Information

Ruidoso Area Restaurants

The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino presents Wendell’s, their fine Dining experience, a fantastic live action buffet at the Gathering of Nations Buffet, a classic diner experience with Smokey B’s at Casino Apache Travel Center and Burgers, Nachos and more at the Big Game Sports Bar.

Learn more about dining experiences at The Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Ski Apache also offer skiers and boarders some great choices as well. Our signature Eagle Café has an extensive menu and we also have a smaller food locations through the resort serving burgers, dogs, sausage coffee specialties and more.

Learn more about dining options at Ski Apache.

And of course, as a resort town, Ruidoso and its surrounds has many more restaurants to entice and entertain our visitors. From classic steakhouses to fine dining to a variety of ethnic choices and of course lots of burgers and BBQ … its all here.

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Things to Do in Ruidoso / Mescalero

Ruidoso / Mescalero offers visitors a great many entertainment and outdoor recreational activities from which to select. Visit the Ruidoso Events Calendar to view all happenings in our area including those at Ski Apache and the Inn of the Mountain Gods.

For your adventurous outdoor spirit, we have fishing at Bonito Lake, Mescalero Lake, Grindstone Lake and the Rio Ruidoso, hiking and mountain biking in the Lincoln National Forest and Sacramento Mountains, horseback riding along historic trails, skiing and snowboarding at Ski Apache and inner tubing at Ruidoso Winter Park.

For the explorer in you, we have incredible historic sites such as Lincoln, New Mexico, Gran Quivera ruins, the Old Dowlin Mill, the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway, Fort Stanton, White Oaks, Three Rivers Petroglyphs and the Mescalero Apache Reservation. A great museum exists in the Museum of the American West in Ruidoso Downs, Mexico, a Smithsonian affiliate and art studios, art galleries and artists studios abound.

A pleasant stroll through Midtown Ruidoso will find many unique gift shops featuring New Mexican jewelry, Western antiques and collectibles, fine art, handmade clothing, couture and much, much more.

The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Casino Apache offer full Las Vegas style gaming including slots and slot machines, blackjack, roulette, poker and video poker, baccarat, war and Spanish “21”. Nightlife includes incredible live theater at the Spencer Theater of the Performing Arts, live music concerts at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino.

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Local Events Calendar

There’s always something happening in the Ruidoso / Mescalero area and whatever your interests, you’ll find them on the Ruidoso Events Calendar which includes everything going on at Ski Apache and the Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Whether you like seeing big name entertainment at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, live blues at the annual Blues Fest or great Broadway-styled productions at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts … our entertainment scene is vibrant.

And the Arts community serves up a host of exhibits, shows, gallery walks and tours throughout the year as well. There are great annual events such as the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, AspenCash and Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rallies and Aspen Fest weekend with its custom car shows, chili cook-offs and parades. Regular races and events occur at Ski Apache and there are gaming events and tournaments at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casinos. And don’t forget Oktoberfest, Snow Blast and Mardi Gras and a whole lot more and you can plan on fun just about anytime you visit Ruidoso and Mescalero, New Mexico.